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Getty Images Announces the Recipients of its Inaugural Inclusion Scholarships

July 9, 2020 • Company News

The series of scholarships totalling US$50,000 are awarded to five aspiring photojournalists to help tackle wider industry issues of diversity and inclusion

London, 9 July — Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, today announced the recipients of its inaugural Inclusion Scholarships. The scholarships were launched in March with the aim of supporting emerging editorial talent within minority groups, offering aspiring photojournalists the creative means and solutions to pursue education that will enable careers within the industry.

Getty Images partnered with specialist organisations Women Photograph, Creative Access, National Association of Black Journalists, Asian American Journalists Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists to award five scholarship grants of $10K each to the following recipients:

— Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship: National Association of Black Journalists

Michael Blackshire — From Louisville, Kentucky, Michael is a recent graduate from Western Kentucky University with a double-major in Photojournalism and African American Studies. He is planning on studying at Newhouse School, Syracuse University in September.

Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship: National Association of Hispanic Journalists

Pamela Elizarraras Acitores – a recent graduate from the Parsons School of Design in New York, with a major in Product Design, Pamela will be pursuing a Master’s in Photography with a focus on mixed media.

— Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship: Asian American Journalists Association

Haiyun Jiang: based in Ohio, Haiyun will be pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Scripps College and School of Visual Communication at Ohio University.

— Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship: Women Photograph

Tami Aftab: London born and based photographer, Tami is currently pursuing a BA in Photography at London College of Communications.

— Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship: Creative Access

Abigail Holsborough: based in London, Abigail is pursuing a BA in Fine Art Print and Time-Based Media at Wimbledon College of Art.

“At Getty Images we are committed to fostering greater representation and inclusion within the visual media industry,” said Ken Mainardis, Senior Vice President for Content at Getty Images. “We were inspired by the overall quality of the submissions for the scholarships and look forward to supporting and following five exceptionally talented recipients as they embark on their careers in photojournalism.”

The Inclusion Scholarship recipients were judged by an esteemed panel which included:

Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship: National Association of Black Journalists

— Arturo Holmes, Staff Photographer, Getty Images

— Monica Herndon, Staff Photographer, The Philadelphia Inquirer

— Terry Collins, Journalist and Region IV Director at the National Association of Black Journalists

Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship: National Association of Hispanic Journalists

— Pancho Bernasconi, Vice President for News, Getty Image

— Carlos Avila Gonzalez, Photojournalist, San Francisco Chronicle

— Marie De Jesus, Photojournalist, Houston Chronicle

Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship: Asian American Journalists Association

— Alex Wong, Staff Photographer, Getty Images

— Bernadette Tuazon, Director of Photography, CNN Digital

— Jimmy Colton, Editor at Large, Zuma Press

Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship: Women Photograph

— Sandy Ciric, Senior Director of News Photography (NA), Getty Images

— Sara Ickow, Women Photograph

— Zahra Rasool, Al Jazeera Contrast

— Haruka Sakaguchi, Independent Photographer

— Elias Williams, Independent Photographer

Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship: Creative Access

Jay Davies, Director of News Photography (EMEA), Getty Images

— Josie Dobrin, Founder and CEO, Creative Access

— Vanessa Martins, Talent Coordinator, Creative Access

The Getty Images Inclusion Scholarships are part of the Getty Images wider Grants program, which, since its inception, has awarded US$1.7 million to photographers and filmmakers worldwide. Please visit Where We Stand to learn more.

Image credits (clockwise from top left): Tami Aftab; Haiyun Jiang; Pamela Elizarraras Acitores; Abigail Holsborough; and Michael Blackshire.

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